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Appealing a Social Security Disability Decision

If you receive a letter denying your disability benefits the letter should also include instructions on how to appeal.  You must appeal within 60 days from the date of the decision.  It’s best to appeal as soon as possible rather than waiting for the deadline to approach. Failing to appeal a denial of your benefits […]

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What are the Chances of Winning an Appeal in a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?

The chances of winning at the appeal level in a Social Security Disability or SSI claim vary according to the level the case is at, what occurred at any hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), and whether the claimant is being represented by an attorney. Often, claims considered at the initial and reconsideration stages […]

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Should I Appeal or File a New Application if My Claim is Denied?

It is generally a serious mistake to file a new application instead of appealing. Filing a new application is more likely to delay your claim than to increase your chances of winning and may cause you to lose your benefits completely.  In certain situations, a failure to appeal may cause you to lose your right […]

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Does a Disability Attorney have to File my Appeal with the Appeals Court?

No.  You can appeal to the Appeals Council on your own.  However, it can be more difficult to win at the Appeals Council without an attorney, and if you lose the consequences for your disability claim could be drastic . Appealing to the Appeals Council is a much different process than having a hearing with […]

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How to Handle a Social Security Disability Appeal

What should you do if you have the option to file a Social Security Disability appeal? Don’t pass up an appeal!  By appealing you protect your chance of receiving your full back award.  Also, appealing your case moves it up the ladder of the disability evaluation process.  At the third level you will have a […]

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Losing Your Social Security Disability Hearing

If your application for benefits was denied after your hearing, don’t lose hope!  The judge does not have the final say in your case, and just because one judge decided you aren’t disabled doesn’t mean you can’t win if you keep trying. If a judge denied your case you should generally appeal your case to […]

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Does it matter if you get a local Social Security Disability Lawyer?

A local attorney may be more accessible if they have an office near you.  Also, you will likely have more opportunities to meet with the attorney face to face.  They might be familiar with the local judges and experts that do Social Security disability hearings.  Some lawyers have nationwide Social Security law practices.  They can […]

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How Long does a Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income Appeal typically take?

There is no way of knowing for sure how long an appeal for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits will take.  There are four levels of appeal for denials of Social Security benefits.  The first level of appeal is filing a Request for Reconsideration.  The request must be filed in writing within 60 […]

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